The New York City newspaper guild, a journalist's union, called a strike against the New York Times, America's most famous newspaper on Thursday, September 16.
Guild pickets walking in front of the New York Times building in New York City.
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Background: The New York City newspaper guild, a journalist's union, called a strike against the New York Times, America's most famous newspaper on Thursday, September 16.
At issue in the labour dispute is the use of automated machinery that the Times publishers want to install, job security and a union shop, which would require that all employees join the newspaper guild.
Labour and management negotiators had talked through the night before in an effort to reach agreement, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
The newspaper publishers' association, representing all the city's major newspapers, except one, announced before the strike deadline that all its members might suspend publication if the guild shut down the New York Times.But the strike came and there was no immediate effect on the other newspapers which kept to their regular publishing schedules.
New York City's top labour mediator, Theodore Kheel, flew back from a European vacation the day before and entered the negotiations in an effort to head off the walk-out, and bring about a settlement if there was a strike.